Graduate studies in Biology at York U are firmly based on cutting-edge research. We have over 60 faculty appointed to our graduate program including many award-winning and internationally recognized researchers.

Biology offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science degree (by research thesis) and the Doctor of Philosophy degree (by research dissertation). We do not offer degrees based solely on course work. Prospective students must obtain a commitment from a faculty supervisor prior to being accepted into the program.

Both the M.Sc. and Ph.D. are designed to give students in-depth knowledge of a specific area of current biology.  This is accomplished primarily by hands-on research on an important problem or question that advances the current frontiers of knowledge and most of our students publish their thesis research in scientific journals.

Research in the Biology graduate program includes the three key areas of:

  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Physiology and Neuroscience
  • Ecology and Evolution

Within each research area there is a critical mass for interaction among faculty and students and for sharing of resources and expertise among labs.

Biology graduate students are trained in many areas of professional development including experimental design, statistical analyses, scientific writing, lab/field methodology, critical thinking and public speaking. Graduate students write an annual research progress report, present at the Graduate research seminar series and also organize an annual symposium with external and internal speakers.